Bone loss in the oral and maxillofacial area occurs for many reasons, such as tooth loss, infection, and facial injury. The consequences of bone loss can be severe, including recession of gum tissue and shifting of facial features. In addition, if the amount of lost bone is extensive, the patient may not be able to receive certain tooth replacement options. A bone grafting procedure replaces lost bone, restores balance to facial aesthetics, and improves oral health. Many times, it is the first step for many dental implant patients who currently do not have enough bone.
Types of Bone Grafting Procedures
There are several types of bone grafting procedures specifically for the oral and maxillofacial area. The type of bone graft you receive will be determined by factors such as goals for treatment and severity of bone loss. Your oral surgeon will discuss and recommend the bone grafting procedure that is best for you.
North Iowa Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center practices the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including bone grafting procedures. Many patients find they need a bone grafting procedure to receive the dental implants they desire, but bone grafts are common treatments for several oral and maxillofacial conditions.
- Sinus lifts add bone to the molar and premolar area in the upper jaw. This creates the stability needed to receive dental implants.
- Socket preservation is a bone graft that is performed immediately following a tooth extraction, which prevents bone loss from occurring.
- Ridge expansion increases the width and/or height of the alveolar ridge. This is a common bone graft procedure before receiving dental implants.
- Major bone grafting occurs when a large amount of bone needs to be replaced. A patient may require major bone grafting if they have experienced facial trauma or gum disease, or a condition such as a facial tumor or birth defect.
- Nerve repositioning may be needed if the alveolar nerve, the nerve responsible for providing feeling to the chin and lower lip, is susceptible to damage during a dental implant procedure. In general, this is a last resort procedure due to its high-risk nature.
Bone Grafting in Mason City, IA
You’re in good hands at North Iowa Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. When you come to our office for a consultation, one of our experienced oral surgeons will perform an oral evaluation, review your medical history, and provide any additional scans to design a customized treatment plan just for you. If you would like to see Dr. Hogg or Dr. Kepros for a consultation appointment at our office in Mason City, IA, please give us a call.